While I felt like I got to know Ali and Matt pretty well at their engagement session, I learned so much more about them on their wedding day! When I first walked into Natirar’s main hall, I saw all kinds of one-of-a-kind signs that Ali, the DIY Natirar bride that she is, made for her wedding day! She painted the plexi with gold strips and then used her cricut for the lettering. I knew that she had some big plans for a unique paint pour during the ceremony, but seeing it all come together, I was so impressed!
Between Ali’s unique details and hilarious bridal party, the day started out with high energy and great expectation. Ali had a penny from her grandmother for her shoe, a ring box with a “W” engraved on the front, and a gorgeous gown for me to use as my backdrop. She also gave me inspiration for a pair of shoes I need to remarry in…just because I want the shoes.
Another detail she had saved for her Dad was a patch for the back of his tie. It read, “Forever your little girl, Ali,” which immediately turned everyone’s tears into laughter as Dad asked “you want me to iron this onto my Tom Ford?!” I still don’t know if the patch officially made it onto the tie, but figured I would photograph it there and it’s fate wouldn’t really matter.
At the bottom of Natirar Park, Matt was waiting for what he thought would be a first look. When I asked Ali if she wanted to tap him on the shoulder or call his name, she said “I want to pinch his butt.” So that’s exactly what she did.
I remember from their engagement session in Van Vorst Park that Ali and Matt didn’t need much instruction for posing. I called them my “model couple” the entire day because just about everything they did was photogenic. Matt adores Ali, and it’s evident in every photograph. The only competitors to these two were their adorable little people that made up their flower girl and ring bearers. Lord help me when Paw Patrol is no longer a cool show for toddlers. I will be completely out of material!
If I’m honest, I was glad all of their portraits were done ahead of time, because during the ceremony, Ali, Matt and their parents poured paint over 3 different canvas blocks. While blue might compliment her wedding dress, it could have been a messy job! It made the ceremony not only beautiful, but unique, and they’ll have something really great to display as a symbol of their wedding day. A day when Ali pinched Matt’s butt at their first look, when Matt cried as Ali walked down the aisle, when all of their family and friends came together to celebrate.
Ali and Matt, we loved being a part of your wedding day, and wish you all the very best in your new life together! Thank you Rosemary Green for your awesome assistance and angles!
Photographers: Lauren Kearns and Rosemary Green
Venue: Mansion at Natirar, Peapack, NJ
Wedding Planner: Jayd Kingston, EVJ Wedding Co.
Hair/Makeup: Mandy from La Sorella Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Tuxedo: Dr. Bespoke
Florist: Twisted Willow Flowers
Invitation: Rebecca Green Design
Videographer: Color Room Films
Photobooth: Philly Snap Booth
DJ: Adam from Lovesick